Sarah Norat-Phillips is leaving her president-GM post at the Granite Detroit MNT affiliate and will be succeeded by the station’s sales director, David Bangura.
Granite Broadcasting today announced the resignation of Sarah Norat-Phillips, president-general manager of WMYD, its MNT affiliate in Detroit (DMA 11).
Norat-Phillips is leaving the company, it said, to pursue new challenges and personal goals, but will remain at the station through Aug. 31, “to ensure a successful transition for her successor,” Granite’s David T. Bangura, who is being promoted from WMYD’s director of sales.
Norat-Phillips has been president-GM of WMYD since May 1998, a position she was promoted to only 10 months after joining as station manager in 1997, when WMYD operated as a WB affiliate under the call letters WDWB.
In 1980, she started as a production assistant at Granite’s WKBW Buffalo, N.Y., and moved up there to be director of pubic affairs and community relations and documentary producer.
“Sarah has been with Granite from the beginning of her career, when she started at WKBW in November of 1980,” said Granite Broadcasting Corp.’s Chief Executive Officer Don Cornwell. “She is a true industry professional who brought strong business acumen to her numerous positions at Granite and was always dedicated to the betterment of the communities she worked and lived in. We will miss her and wish her much success and happiness in the next phase of her professional life.”
Bangura began his career as an account executive at WJBK Detroit, a position he held from 1994 to 1999. From there, he made his first move to become local sales manager at Granite’s WDWB, before being quickly promoted to national sales manager in 2001.
Two years later, in September 2003, David left WDWB for the general sales manager position at Viacom’s UPN/CBS duopoly in the market (WKBW-WWJ). He then returned to WDWB as director of sales in February 2005 and helped navigate the station’s transition from the WB affiliate to its current status as WMYD, the My Network TV affiliate.